A Saskatoon mom is asking for individuals to come back ahead with details about an assault in Prince Albert that has left her son clinging to life in hospital.
Nineteen-year-old Ryley Ahenakew was discovered inside a Prince Albert dwelling within the 400 block of twelfth Avenue E on Sept. 24 affected by a gunshot wound to the top.
Prince Albert Police mentioned in a information launch that Ahenakew’s accidents had been thought of severe and life-threatening. He stays in hospital in Saskatoon and his mom, Lindsay Okemow, has been by his facet all through the ordeal, taking shifts alongside different relations to make sure he isn’t alone.
Police are actually asking for anybody with data or video from the world to come back ahead and it is a name that is being echoed by Ahenakew’s household in Saskatoon because the capturing has despatched a shock wave by means of her household.
“It is onerous,” mentioned Okemow on Monday. “We now have to observe him undergo all that ache. I simply want I might take it from him, however I am unable to. It is my child. My boy.”
Okemow desires to see the person, or people, answerable for capturing Ahenakew delivered to justice and worries what is going to occur if they aren’t apprehended quickly.
“They could do it once more,” she mentioned. “And time and again.”
Okemow says she does not know why somebody would goal her son in such a violent vogue, however Ahenakew’s capturing is an element of a bigger rash of violent crime that is affecting Prince Albert.
Improve in calls
The Prince Albert police indicated in a information launch that up till Sept. 30, the service has logged a roughly 7 per cent enhance within the variety of calls it is receiving, leaping to 31,000 calls this 12 months in comparison with simply over 29,000 in 2019.
That features 56 robberies and 56 recordsdata the place a firearm was produced or utilized in an offence. So far, police have additionally seized greater than 100 weapons from the streets of Prince Albert.
Lindsay Okemow is looking for individuals to come back ahead a couple of capturing that despatched her son to hospital with severe, life-threatening accidents on Sept. 24. (Morgan Modjeski/CBC )
In a information launch, Prince Albert Police mentioned it has chosen members for a brand new enforcement crew that can deal with “crime suppression and proactive enforcement” along with measures already in place, which embody high-visibility neighborhood patrols and group partnerships.
“The loss of life or damage of a member of the family or good friend is every their very own tragedy, and I want to supply condolences on behalf of the police service to all these concerned,” mentioned Police Chief Jonathan Bergen within the launch.
“After all, any stage of violence in our group is regarding and I need to inform the general public that as a police service, we’re working onerous to determine and arrest these accountable.”
Previously seven days alone, the Prince Albert Police Service has charged an 18-year-old girl in connection to the capturing loss of life of an 18-year-old man, charged an 18-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man with tried homicide following the capturing of a 31-year-old man and are at present investigating a stabbing.
CBC Saskatoon reached out to the Prince Albert Police Service with questions concerning the capturing that despatched Ahenakew to hospital, however in a press release they mentioned they may not remark additional because the matter was nonetheless below investigation.
Police are at present asking the general public to overview any safety footage from Sept. 24 that covers the 300 to 500 blocks of eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth Avenue E between the time of 6:30 p.m. and eight:30 p.m. CST.
For Okemow, the state of affairs round her son’s capturing has been robust for her and Ahenakew’s siblings. She says the previous few weeks have been stuffed with sleepless nights and fear.
“It is simply onerous to observe him undergo that,” she mentioned. “He is by no means been by means of one thing like that.”
Anybody with details about this incident is requested to contact the Prince Albert Police Service or Crime Stoppers to report the knowledge anonymously.